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WSHA Virtual Town Hall:  COVID-19 Update

4/16/2020
When: April 16, 2020
2:00-3:30 pm CST
Where: Zoom Meeting
United States
Contact: WSHA Office
920-560-5642


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This 90 minute virtual town hall will provide an update to membership on changes that impact the practice of speech-language pathologists and audiologists in Wisconsin related to the COVID19 pandemic. Attendees will receive updated information on teletherapy, licensure, resources for maintaining high-quality clinical care across practice settings, and ways to stay connected with other professionals during this period of social distancing.  

Agenda: 
2:00-2:05 p.m. - Welcome
2:05-2:30 p.m. - Teletherapy Update
2:30-2:40 p.m. - Resources Across Practice Areas
2:40-2:50 p.m. - Ways to Stay Connected
2:50-3:00 p.m. - What on the Horizon for WSHA Advocacy? 
3:00-3:30 p.m. - Question & Answer

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe at least two changes to current teletherapy guidelines for speech language pathologists and audiologists in Wisconsin.
  • List at least three resources available for providers across practice areas during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Identify at least three ways to stay connected with WSHA and other professionals during the COVID19 pandemic and after.

Speaker:
Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP 
is employed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC), where she provides augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluations and treatment. She also provides inpatient AAC consultation at the University of Wisconsin University Hospital (UWUH) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH). Sarah currently serves as a member of Patient Provider Communication (PPC) Taskforce, which has developed a series of communication materials and trainings for healthcare workers to support communication for patients with COVID-19.

Financial DisclosureSarah Marshall is employed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Aids and Systems clinic and receives a salary.
Non-Financial Disclosure: None to disclose. 

 

Mary Bahr-Schwenke, MS, CCC-SLP is an ASHA Certified, Wisconsin and Illinois licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of clinical and supervisory experience.  She has developed and managed a therapy outpatient clinic, coordinated physical, occupational and speech-language therapy services in home-based, medical and school-based settings.  She is currently the MJ Care Vice President of School-Based Services and is a Certified Telepractioner. She is the Past President of the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA) and currently serves as the WSHA Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee.  At the national level, Mary proudly serves as the elected American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) SLP Advisory Council Wisconsin representative.  Mary is passionate about educating and enhancing awareness of the roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathology and audiology professionals, advocating for the highest qualified provider and promoting the work of our professions.

Financial Disclosure: Mary Bahr Schwenke has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: 
Mary is the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council Representative and is a Past President of WSHA  She leads the WSHA Governmental Affairs Committee and is a member of the WSHA Medicaid Committee.  Mary is a Vice President of MJ Care, Inc., a Milwaukee-based provider of SLP, OT and PT services in schools, Home Health, Long Term Care facilities and clinics, as well as a provider of Medicaid School-Based Billing services.

  

Julie Gamradt, MS, CCC-SLP is staff Emerita with the University of Wisconsin (UW) Madison.  Ms. Gamradt was a staff member of the Communication Development Program (CDP) and the Communication Aids & Systems Clinic (CASC) at the Waisman Center, UW-Madison for over thirty years.  She has extensive expertise in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in clinic and community settings.  Ms. Gamradt has been a member of WSHA’s Medicaid Committee since its inception and is Wisconsin’s State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR) representative for ASHA.

Financial Disclosure: Ms. Gamradt has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Ms. Gamradt is staff Emerita of the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is Wisconsin’s State Advocate for Reimbursement (STAR) representative for ASHA and a member of WSHA’s Medicaid Committee.

 

Annie Smith, AuD, CCC-A joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2015 after earning her Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to graduation she completed a year-long clinical externship at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as well as the Center for Disabilities and Development.  Additionally, Dr. Smith completed a year-long traineeship with the Iowa Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, focusing on family-centered, interdisciplinary care for patients with developmental disabilities. Dr. Smith’s training and clinical interests range from diagnostic audiological testing to amplification and aural rehabilitation. She enjoys creating customized treatment plans for each patient utilizing cutting edge technology and evidence based practice.  She believes that every patient and family comes in to clinic with a different background and different needs and deserves to be treated as such in order to maximize success.  

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Smith has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Non-Financial Disclosure: 
Dr. Smith is a clinical audiologist at Froedtert Hospital. She is a member of ASHA. 

 

Marcia Dewey, AuD obtained her B.A. in Audiology from Michigan State University, her M.A. in Audiology from Western Michigan University and her Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University. She worked at the Constance Brown Hearing Centers in Kalamazoo, Michigan for five years after completing her fellowship year there. This was a non-profit clinic serving newborns to geriatrics. She interned at the VA Center in Battle Creek, MI. Dr. Dewey has worked at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) off-campus clinic. She has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin since 2007 providing diagnostic and rehabilitation services and specializing in tinnitus. She received training on Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) directly from its developer, Dr. Pawel Jastreboff. Dr. Dewey has presented on tinnitus at the local, state and national levels. She has also presented community talks on tinnitus and taught an ad-hoc graduate course in Audiology at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She is also working in areas of research with tinnitus patients. She is team leader of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Program at the Koss Hearing and Balance Center since 2011. She is also the coordinator for the Koss Hearing and Balance Center Audiology service since 2013.Dr. Dewey's experiences have included newborn hearing screening, diagnostic hearing evaluations on infants and young children, specialized evoked potential testing to determine degree of hearing loss and pathologies of the auditory system, dispensing of hearing aids to children, adults, and residents in care facilities/nursing homes.

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Dewey has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Non-Financial Disclosure:
Dr. Dewey is a clinical audiologist at Froedtert Hospital. She is a member of ASHA. 

 

Cindy Lund, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT is an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Concordia University Wisconsin and PhD candidate at Northern Illinois University with over 20 years of clinical experience working with infants and children who have feeding/swallowing difficulties across a variety of settings, including NICU, inpatient/outpatient hospital and rehab, clinic, and private practice. Ms. Lund has completed extensive continuing education and training in the area of pediatric feeding and swallowing and is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment. She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Wisconsin Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Association.

Financial Disclosure: Ms. Lund receives a salary from Concordia University-Wisconsin. 
Non-Financial Disclosure: 
None to disclose. 

 

This course is offered for .15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

 

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